Four Reflections on The Counterfeiters. by Robert Wexelblatt. ***. The Montréal Review, February ***. “The Counterfeiters: A Novel” by André Gide. Novel by Andre Gide, published in French in as Les Faux-Monnayeurs. Constructed with a greater range and scope than his previous short fiction, The. Complete summary of Andre Gide’s The Counterfeiters. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Counterfeiters.

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He speculates that no good will come to Boris from Edouard’s plans; he worries that Passavant will ruin Olivier and supposes that Vincent will soon discover Lady Griffith’s soullessness–but any attentive reader could do the same.

Nevertheless, the closer one looks at what it says about freedom-“such freedom as is possible today,” as Kafka put it-the more melancholy one feels.

Like other reviewers have noted, it breaks from the “traditional” novel mold since it is a novel about writing a novel. For Gide, finality is the enemy of freedom, which requires change. Gide has suddenly turned into a sentimental sociologist. Contact our editors with your feedback. Other stylistic devices are also used, such as an omniscient narrator that sometimes addresses the reader directly, weighs in on the characters’ motivations or discusses alternate realities.

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Four Reflections on André Gide’s The Counterfeiters

Another subplot of the novel is homosexuality. Eduardo es un hombre que escribe una novela y nosotros los lectores leemos el borrador de esa novela.

Even, in this edition anyway, at the end, there is Gide’s notebook on his process of how he wrote the novel. Take Bernard Profitendieu, the motor who generates so much of the novel’s energy, the character who from the first page enacts Gide’s concept of freedom; Bernard the spirited and independent, bubbling with potential; Bernard, that decent Lafcadio.


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The Counterfeiters novel by Gide. It is his job to watch over Boris, but he becomes too self-absorbed and too preoccupied with losing his virginity to Sarah Vedel, the carnal version of Laura. He also becomes ever more conservative after running away from home; that is, after a bout of adolescent anarchism. I mean it’s a very long story about writing stories with a lot of characters and sometimes it feels that the line between what the character’s are thinking and the what the author is thinking and what the author is thinking of the actual real novel is thin.

And yet, we last see him taking his first step toward becoming a false artist, a counterfeiter, when, on grounds of personal vanity and moral counterfeigers, he decides to exclude from his novel the only irremediable reality he has been given:. Dissonance, on the other hand, stands not only for passion and contention, but also for pluralism, liberation, tolerance, and openness to life: I suspect it was a shortcut, an effort to epitomize Bernard’s development through the book and score an easy moral point.

Edouard’s journal’s, xndre efforts with HIS own version of the Counterfeiters, how much of that reflects the novel? Although only a few of his works are still read,…. Dec 25, Tony rated it really liked it Shelves: After all, Gide’s point with Bernard’s illegitimacy, one would have thought, was that he should not return to the father, that he should find the rule of his future life precisely in himself and not in his father, that like those deep-water creatures Vincent describes, he should live by his own lights.


Even for its putative author, The Counterfeiters is a journey on an open road, not a map enclosed by frontiers, as we can see in this passage:.

The Counterfeiters

It went on the market about when Josephine Baker was in Paris dancing naked except for a string of bananas around her waist, so I imagine the French public was ready as well for something provocative by way of literature. In the novel, the author gives us to see a literary meeting where we see some great figures of the time, like Alfred Jarry who looks at this moment of a man overbearing, crazy and slightly offbeat reality by this original character that he plays in society.

The source of the counterfeit in Gide’s cosmos is the pursuit of total harmony. Gide titled his book The Counterfeiters which suggests it will be a social satire.

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Refresh and try again. It reads precisely like something out of Austen.

I happen to love French writers and, thusly prejudiced, found this book counterfeirers Andre Gide to be exceptional.

Still, it was Gide’s arrival in Algeria and departure from his religion that made him a modernist. Gide’s novel was not received well on its appearance, perhaps because of its homosexual themes and its unusual composition.

Does the novel actually undo itself?